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Family Context as It Relates to Weight-Related Behaviors in Preadolescent African American Girls

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Objective: To examine family context in relation to body image, weight concerns, and weight control behaviors in preadolescent African American girls. Methods: Cross-sectional baseline data were analyzed from 303 African American girls 8 to 10 years old and a caregiver in the Girls health Enrichment Multi-site Studies Phase 2(GEMS), an obesity prevention intervention trial. Results: Fruit, juice, and vegetable accessibility and family support for healthy eating and physical activity were significantly related to girls' body image and weight control behaviors. Conclusions: A comprehensive understanding of family factors may improve future programs aimed at preadolescent girls.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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